Transgenic mice with a targeted disruption of the tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) gene were used to analyze the role of TNF-α in pro- and anti-inflammatory mediator production and liver injury induced by acetaminophen. Treatment of wild-type mice with acetaminophen (300 mg/kg) resulted in centrilobular hepatic necrosis. This was correlated with expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (NOS II) and nitrotyrosine staining of the liver. Expression of macrophage chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), KC/gro, interleukin-1β (IL-1β), matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), inflammatory mediators known to participate in tissue repair, as well as the anti-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-10 (IL-10), also increased in the liver following acetaminophen administration. TNFR1-/- mice were found to be significantly more sensitive to the hepatotoxic effects of acetaminophen than wild-type mice. This was correlated with more rapid and prolonged induction of NOS II in the liver and changes in the pattern of nitrotyrosine staining. Acetaminophen-induced expression of MCP-1, IL-1β, CTGF, and MMP-9 mRNA was also delayed or reduced in TNFR1-/- mice relative to wild-type mice. In contrast, increases in IL-10 were more rapid and more pronounced. These data demonstrate that signaling through TNFR1 is important in inflammatory mediator production and toxicity induced by acetaminophen.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nitric oxide
- Tissue repair